He came into his own after first working for top producers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller as a writer and then signing with the major April-Blackwood music publishing concern, connected with Columbia Records.
McCoy went on to write a string of hits as the s progressed. The album included a minor hit, Let Me Down Easy, but it was not a success following poor promotion. Following his success with The Hustle , it was re-released in abridged form two songs less as From Disco to Love.
He formed his own orchestra, Soul City Symphony  and, with singers Faith, Hope and Charity, produced several albums and gave many performances.
He also contributed some music for A Woman Called Moses. The album was also nominated for a Grammy. McCoy, then regarded as a disco hitmaker, never repeated the success of the song, although the singles "Party", "That's the Joint" and "Change with the Times" got significant airplay.
However, he scored the UK top 5 again during with the instrumental success "The Shuffle". He went on to produce the next two albums for Ruffin, which spawned further successes.
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Note: Double LPs, box sets, etc. Review by Andrew Hamilton, All Music Guide Originally released in , these 15 tracks showcase Van McCoy's alter ego as a purveyor of perky disco, a striking contrast from the memorable soul tunes i.
A good buy for the sophisticated club dancers to slide in every now and then and test their motor skills. Contains bonus tracks that weren't on the original vinyl platter -- but why shouldn't there be, since the CD costs more. Van McCoy biography by Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide Although best known to the listening public at large for his lone headlining hit, the disco blockbuster "The Hustle," Van McCoy in fact enjoyed a long and remarkably prolific career behind the scenes as a songwriter and producer, piling up a series of soul hits prior to his premature death at the age of just Serving as their lead vocalist, writer, and music director, Van masterminded the Starlighters' debut single, "The Birdland," a novelty dance record that generated enough local interest to earn them an invitation to tour the East Coast in support of drummer Vi Burnsides.
As military and marital obligations forced the group to dissolve during the months to follow, McCoy entered Howard University to study psychology, but dropped out after a year to pursue a full-time career in music, relocating to Philadelphia and forming his own label, Rockin' Records. I always leave feedback before your item ships. Please consider leaving feedback for me after you have had a chance to inspect and enjoy your purchase. Please avoid questions on the last day of the listing.
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If you haven't been to their web site, you have to check it out. It's got the soaring orchestration, including his almost hilariously signature ascending eight-note runs, combined with glockenspiel, not to mention the characteristic tom-tom accents and 'sandpaper' percussion. Given the one-hit wonder nature of "The Hustle", combined with the notion that Van McCoy was quite a private man, and the fact that he died when he did long before the 'Internet age' , these factors seem to explain why his life is shrouded in mystery.
Taking factors into consideration and 'reading between the lines' a bit, it seems clear that McCoy did not handle the success of "The Hustle" very well. He seemed torn between wanting to try and strike while the iron was hot and continue to capitalize on the popular success of "The Hustle", while at the same time sensing a massive identity crisis and wanting to distance himself from the song.
It's hard to not notice McCoy's extremely gaunt and frail appearance, especially on the back cover where he manages a pained, crooked smile. However, it's important to quickly point out that "Lonely Dancer" is quite an excellent album even just taken on its own terms. It seems accurate to say that it's an album of characteristic Van McCoy extremes, alternating between rousing disco moments and remarkably sad ballads.
On the opening "I'm Beginning To Feel Like My Old Self Again", Van uses what had become a typical disco device, starting the tune off in ballad mode before the kick drum enters and morphs into full throttle, uptempo disco. A wonderfully uplifting and catchy tune in its own right, though again, in hindsight, the lyrics come across more like wishful thinking than a bold proclamation about a new start.
Incredibly defeatist in tone, yet strangely peaceful-sounding and beautiful, with lyrics that have Van's usual razor sharp craftsmanship, he sounds as if he knows the end is near and has no choice but to accept it gracefully.
On a side note, the 12" mix of "The Samba", not included on the album, offers an intriguing variation, burying the vocals deep in the mix and giving the drums a more bottom-heavy sound. I find the track itself to slip into overproduction and it's less compositionally engaging than "Merry Go Round", but it still leaves an undeniable impression.
Kipps Jr. Van learned to play piano as a child and sang with the Metropolitan Baptist Church choir as a youngster. By the time he was 12 years old, he had begun performing in local amateur shows alongside his older brother, Norman Jr.
He had also began writing his own material. The Starlighters. Van and Norman formed a doo-wop combo named the Starlighters with two friends, Freddy Smith and Paul Comedy, whilst attending high school.Nov 30, · Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.